Benitez Defines What “Quality” Is In A Player

Benitez was asked yesterday about what it was that has enabled him to equal the away win record of Newcastle  in the second division, by getting our 13th away win in 18 games on Saturday at 3rd top Huddersfield Town.

He responded that he recruited players who had both effort and attitude, but were also quality players.

Rafa thinks a lot about the game of football (like – all the time) and he has even talked today about what quality is in any footballer.

Rafa Benitez directing things on the training pitch

Rafa was asked by the local media yesterday what type of players he wanted to sign last summer and this is how he responded to that question, as reported in the Chronicle today:

“If you want to improve anything you need to have the right attitude.”

“In modern football we talk too much about quality, but what is quality?

“It’s not just to stop the ball and put it 40 meters or score a brilliant free-kick, that is technical ability.”

“Quality is about doing the right things.” “To win games you need both effort and attitude.”

People in the game talk about players making the right and wrong decisions in a game and of course in order to get to the top level you need that experience so you can learn from your mistakes.

But we have around 10 players in the squad who have obviously improved a lot this season under the guidance and top coaching of Rafa Benitez.

If we are promoted then expect a number of very good players who will want to join the Rafa revolution on Tyneside, so if we can only get promoted this season we are in for some good times ahead at Newcastle United.

First things first though – we have to beat Reading tonight at the Madejski Stadium – that’s all that matters at the moment.

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  • barkel

    Mar 7, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Ciaran Clark
    Paul Dummett
    Jack Colback
    Grant Hanley
    Jamaal Lascelles
    Achraf Lazaar
    Vurnon Anita
    Dwight Gayle
    Matt Ritchie
    Jonjo Shelvey
    Isaac Hayden
    Mohamed Diame
    Rolando Aarons
    Ayoze Perez
    Chancel Mbemba
    Massadio Haidara
    Yoan Gouffran
    Rob Elliot
    DeAndre Yedlin
    Karl Darlow
    Jesus Gamez
    Matz Sels
    Christian Atsu
    Daryl Murphy
    Sammy Ameobi
    Dan Barlaser
    Yasin Ben El-Mhanni
    Stuart Findlay
    Curtis Good
    Jamie Sterry
    Aleksandar Mitrovic
    Tim Krul
    Siem De Jong
    Henri Saivet
    Emmanuel Riviere
    Adam Armstrong
    Freddie Woodman
    Kevin Mbabu
    Florian Thauvin

    There’s the list of players used in the first team or loaned out this season. A lot of these will have to go if/when we go up. PL squad rules mean we can have a max of 25 players over 21 years old


    Mar 7, 2017 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #2

    think the attitude and effort comment is directed to Mitro.

    That kid clearly has an attitude and effort problem, he never seems to take his chance in the team.

    he’ll be gone in the summer as Raffa just won’t put up with players like that


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